Thursday, March 15, 2007
Firemen respond to 27 calls
By SUE WATSON
Weather conditions continue to cause firefighters throughout the county to get calls to help with grass, brush and woods fires, according to Kenny Holbrook, chief of the Holly Springs Fire Department.
The numerous fires in the county are a result, in the main, of people letting controlled burns get away from them, Holbrook said.
“EPA will let you burn in a controlled manner, if you have a water supply, means of containment, and do not leave the fire unattended,” he said.
Anyone who plans to burn grass or rubbish should notify their local fire department of the time and place of the burn before lighting a fire, he said.
The department responded to 27 calls for the week beginning March 5 and ending March 11 which included 14 medical calls; four vehicle accidents; two structural fires; four grass fires; one hot water heater electrical fire and two vehicle fires, Holbrook said.
In other fire department news, leaders with local fire, police, sheriff and utility departments met with Natural Gas Emergencies Public Liaison with natural gas workers, mayor Andre’ DeBerry and alderman Russell Johnson last week for the first of three planned educational meetings on handling natural gas leaks and emergencies, Holbrook said.
The meeting was to describe the roles of each department in the event of an emergency leak or disaster, Holbrook said. A second meeting will be held later to bring firefighters, police, and emergency medical teams to a scene where workers will learn their defined roles.
The liaison meeting was coordinated by John Collins, general manager of the Holly Springs Utility Department.
This week firefighters from the county rural and municipal fire departments are meeting for safety class training. The title of the class, hosted by the Mississippi Fire Academy, was “Responding, Training and Returning Home Alive.”
“We’re trying to make life safe for everybody out there and ourselves being the first in safety,” Holbrook said.
Marco House, a part-time firefighter with the Holly Springs Fire Department, was promoted to full-time career status last week.
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